Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke warned the opponents of his recent proposal to have government seizure of firearms from U.S. citizens, claiming that opponents warning the seizure could lead to violence is self-fulfilling.
“I just, I think that kind of language and rhetoric is not helpful,” O’Rourke told The Daily Beast. “It becomes self-fulfilling — you have people on TV, who are almost giving you permission to be violent and saying ‘you know, this is, this is going to happen.'”
While co-hosting “The View,” Meghan McCain expressed concern that a federal seizure of firearms could lead to violent responses from gun owners, who do not want to give up their right to self-defense.
“The AR-15 is by far the most popular gun in America,” McCain said on the show. “If you’re talking about going and taking people’s guns away from them, there’s going to be a lot of violence.”
O’Rourke specifically referred to McCain’s remarks while reporting to The Daily Beast.
“When someone says ‘if you do this, then this will happen,’ [it’s] almost as though that’s a natural response,” O’Rourke claimed. “Or maybe even something that should happen or deserves to happen.”
“When I think the response should be: ‘We’re doing nothing now and we’re seeing people slaughtered in their schools, at work, at a Walmart, in a synagogue, in a church, at a concert,’ he continued. “There is violence right now and it is horrifying and it is terrifying and it is terrorizing. … We should be worried about that kind of violence right now.”
You will often see Democrats claim “we’re doing nothing now,” as O’Rourke did, and, therefore, the government needs to “do something.” But, at the lowest estimates there are already 300 relevant gun laws on the federal and state level. That number jumps up to between 9,000 and 20,000 laws when local government laws are taken into account. Clearly, the government has already legislated a lot. Maybe the “something” the government should be doing is repealing gun laws to allow citizens to better and more easily defend themselves?
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, data indicates that countries with high rates of gun ownership tend to have lower homicide rates. Additionally, homicide rates and gun homicide rates rose sharply in Great Britain in the years following strict gun control measures, while most other countries in the developed world saw a decrease in these rates. Further, homicide rates in Ireland also spiked after the country’s 1972 firearm seizure.